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View Poll Results: What release tool do you use?

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  • Forceps (Hemostats)

    157 67.97%
  • Pliers

    9 3.90%
  • Ketchum Release tool

    12 5.19%
  • Hands and fingers

    42 18.18%
  • LDR (Long Distance Release)

    1 0.43%
  • Gaff

    0 0%
  • Boga Grip

    5 2.16%
  • Other

    5 2.16%
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Thread: What release tool do you use?

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    hemostats and a wet hand


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  3. Default Re: What release tool do you use?

    A net to hold 'em and a barbless hook normally slips right out. If you do it right you never touch 'em with your hands. On occassion I have had to use forceps, usually if they tried to swallow the hook.

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    Normally a little finger pressure or a little shake removes the barbless hooks I use but if not, I'll use hemostats.

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    For anything under 12 inches, I use a Boga Grip followed by a stout rap between the eyes with a lead core staghorn priest I picked up in Scotland. This usually quiets the little bugger down long enough for me to extract the barbless hook with my fingers provided that I don't run it through my thumb pinning me to the fish. That's when the fun really starts. Just kidding Terry, I use my fingers.
    "You cannot step into the same river twice for new waters are ever flowing upon you."
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    whats a long distance release? the fish snapping your line when he takes off like a bullet and is gone like a set of rims at a p diddy concert?? lol
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  9. Default Re: What release tool do you use?

    I use a net and forceps.

  10. Default Re: What release tool do you use?

    A net and fingers mostly. Sometimes I'll need the forceps if the hook is deeper.

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    Question Re: What release tool do you use?

    Quote Originally Posted by FISHN50 View Post
    ...I've never tried one of those small Boga Grip like tools on trout & I wonder if they will immobilize them long enough to release them quickly without handling them & compromising the protective slime. I've used them on strippers & of course bluefish & pike , & other toothy critters but I wonder if trout's lower jaws are strong enough to handle the strain. I don't think I'll have to lift the fish out of the water completly just the head. Has anyone tried using those tools?
    FISHN50, assume you are referring to those Rising tools like Lippa4Life and Crocodile Pliers? I'd be interested to hear anyone's opinions on them as well.
    On the whole, I'd rather be in Wyoming . . .
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    Default Re: What release tool do you use?

    Used my aluminum ($$$) Lippa4Life for the first time a week or so ago in the San Juan/NM on 17-20" trout. Found that I was able to return them to the water much faster and in better shape than I would have been able to do otherwise, even with barbless hooks.
    On the whole, I'd rather be in Wyoming . . .
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    Default Re: What release tool do you use?

    I use forceps if I have to; but the waters I usually fish are Catch and Release so I use barbless hooks.

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